Blue Devils win two in Vero Beach

Published 1:26am Tuesday, March 13, 2012

VERO BEACH, FLA. — The Riverland baseball team beat Pro Teach Academy of Canada 6-1 and knocked off Montgomery-Rockville, Md. 20-5 in Vero Beach Fla. Monday.

Kyle Gorsuch, a freshman from Rapid City, S.D., struck out seven in five scoreless innings and Eric Sandstrom, a freshman from Wabasha-Kellogg, struck out four while allowing one run in two innings as the Blue Devils (2-1 overall) took down Pro Teach Academy.

“The pitchers did a nice job of throwing strikes and they kept hitters off-balanced,” RCC head coach Scott Koenigs said.

In the win over RM, the Blue Devil pitchers walked a total eight hitters, but the Blue Devil batters drew 16 walks themselves.

RCC trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the fourth, where it scored three runs and it added 11 runs in the fifth.

“When they went to their bull-pen, they had all kinds of problems throwing strikes,” Koenigs said. “They couldn’t find the plate and we took advantage of it.”

Tyler Krekling, a freshman from Hayfield, picked up his first college hit on Monday as he finished 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs and two walks on the day.

RCC will return to action when it plays the Ontario Blue Jays and Dakota College Bottineau Wednesday.

“We’ve got to play a lot better if we want to keep winning, because it’s gonna get a lot tougher,” Koenigs said.

Pro Teach 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 5 1

RCC 2 0 1 2 0 1 X — 6 12 1

RCC pitching: Kyle Gorsuch (W, 1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 0 R, 7 K; Eric Sandstrom, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 K

RCC hitting: Donte Bledsoe, 1-for-3, double, 2 R; Michael Knutson, 2-for-4, R; Matt Boswell, 0-for-3, RBI, R, BB; Victor Claudio, 0-for-1, R, BB; Kenny Stelter, 2-for-2, double, R; Aaron Palmer, 1-for-3, RBI; Joel Hollow, 2-for-2, 2 RBIs, BB; Mike Tindal, 1-for-1; Tyler Krekling, 2-for-4, RBI; Pedro Martinez, 1-for-2, BB

MR 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 — 5 5 4

RCC 1 1 1 3 11 3 X — 20 7 1

RCC pitching: Cody Meyer, 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 5 BB, 3 ER, 2 K; Jon Mittag (W, 1-0), 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K; Nick Djorgonoski, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 1 K; Preston Higbe, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K

RCC hitting: Bledsoe, 2-for-3, double, RBI, 2 SB, 3 R, HBP; Braden Hunkins, 2-for-2, double, 2 RBIs, R; Boswell, 1-for-4, RBI, R; Krekling, 1-for-1, 2 RBIs, 2 BBs, SB; Jamey Adams, 1-for-4, RBI, 2 R, SB, BB


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